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What You May Not Know About A Blighted Ovum

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My Misdiagnosed Blighted Ovum.

During my second pregnancy, I was diagnosed with a blighted ovum and told I would miscarry. After three and a half very miserable weeks, I found I was misdiagnosed. Since that time, I have talked with many women who have gone through a blighted ovum scare.

Because the diagnosis of blighted ovum is both confusing and overwhelming, I'd like to share a bit of what I've learned.

These are questions that are frequently asked.

I am not a medical professional. The information I share is meant to supplement the information given you by your doctor. If you feel your doctor is not doing enough for you or not willing to listen to your concerns, I strongly encourage you to take what you've learned here and get a second opinion.

Please remember, this page will not change the ultimate outcome of your pregnancy. Instead, this information will help you know if you may be diagnosed too soon.

What Is A Blighted Ovum?

A blighted ovum is a fertilized egg that implants but stops developing very early in the pregnancy. The gestational sac does often continue to grow but without the baby.

If the case is a true blighted ovum, the yolk and fetal pole will not be present. Miscarriages can still happen after the yolk sac is seen but these are not truly blighted ova.

According to a 2005 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, doctors are wrong in their diagnosis (any diagnosis, not just miscarriage) 10% to 15% of the time.

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Frequently Asked Question about Blighted Ova

My doctor told me I have an anembryonic pregnancy, what is that?

An anembryonic pregnancy is the same thing as a blighted ovum.

So, there was never a baby?

Unfortunately after women suffer through a blighted ovum, they often hear comments about there never having been a baby. This is just not true. An egg has been fertilized just as in every pregnancy. The baby just does not develop beyond implantation. If you've had a blighted ovum, you were no less pregnant than any other pregnant woman at that same stage and you have every right to mourn the baby that only shared your body for a couple weeks.

How common is a blighted ovum?

Approximate estimates indicate that 15% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage*. Estimates vary little and approximate blighted ova account for 45 to 55% of all miscarriages**.

What causes a blighted ovum?

There is just so much we do not know about the blighted ovum. Although the blighted ovum is mentioned frequently in medical literature, not many research papers dedicated to understanding the blighted ovum can be found. General concensus seems to indicate that a blighted ovum is due to a chromosomal abnormality possibly related to trisomies 16 and 22***. Some research seems to indicate that a blighted ovum may be more common in older mothers and is usually a problem with the egg rather the sperm. Generally, a blighted ovum is considered a one-time event and fluke of nature. However, miscarriage is a risk in any pregnancy. Just because you've had one blighted ovum does not mean you will not miscarry again, but your risk is not heightened because of the blighted ovum.

Can anything be done to prevent a blighted ovum?

Unfortunately, no, nothing can be done to prevent a blighted ovum. However, several online sites do believe that low progesterone may be a factor in early pregnancy loss and progesterone supplements have been shown to lower the miscarriage risk in some women with recurrent miscarriages****. The research seems to be divided on the importance of progesterone supplements in early pregnancy but the many stories found online seem to indicate that progesterone supplements have saved some pregnancies. If you believe progesterone may be a problem, have your progesterone tested as early as possible in the pregnancy. If your doctor is not open to testing your levels you may benefit from finding another physician.

What are the criteria for diagnosing a blighted ovum?

According to the Encyclopedia of Medical Imaging, the criteria for a diagnosis of blighted ovum are:

1) failure to identify an embryo in a gestational sac measuring at least 20 mm via transabdominal ultrasound.

2) Failure to identify an embryo in a gestational sac measuring approximately 18mm or more via transvaginal ultrasound.

3) Failure to identify a yolk sac in a gestational sac measuring 13mm or more.

Additionally, the outline of the sac may be irregular, incomplete or absent decidual reaction and/or fluid found in the gestational sac.

Are these criteria for finding a blighted ovum set in stone?

No, we at the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage do not believe so. We have seen a number of cases where either the baby or the yolk sac is not found within the gestational sac until the sac was bigger than these measurements.

What would account for the discrepancy?

We believe, based on the numerous stories that have found their way into the Misdiagnosed stories forum, that having a retroverted uterus may alter when you may see your baby via ultrasound.

What is a retroverted uterus?

A retroverted uterus, also known as a tipped or tilted uterus, is a uterus that tilts back toward the rectal area. In most women the uterus will tilt slightly forward toward the belly. Actually, having a retroverted uterus is quite common. Reports vary but approximately 20% to 40% of all women have a retroverted uterus. Because this is so common, doctors rarely mention if you have a tilted uterus unless you ask.

Why do you believe it is so difficult to find the baby via ultrasound?

Actually only during the early first trimester do we believe it may be a little more difficult to find the baby via transvaginal ultrasound. After talking to women and their ultrasound techs we've concluded that the positioning is more awkward when the uterus is retroverted and this makes viewing a bit trickier. There may be a possibility that when the baby lies parallel to the ultrasound beam, measurments may be off and the baby will appear smaller than he actually is. However, in the second trimester, measurements are generally more accurate in women with a tilted utersus.

I'd like to wait to end my pregnancy but is it safe?

According to the 'Journal of Family Practice' and other medical organizations, a woman can safely wait to miscarry naturally (or until she knows for sure there is absolutely no hope) if she:

1) does not have a fever

2) has stable vital signs

3) has no excessive pain

4) has no excessive bleeding

If you meet these four criteria, waiting before having a D&C or to have a natural miscarriage is a reasonable option. If you do not meet these criteria, you could be at risk for infection. Seek help immediately.

I believe every woman deserves to have no doubt before having her pregnancy ended.

Okay, I can safely wait, but how long will I have to wait?

We've seen women who were diagnosed with a blighted ovum who only had to wait a week or two before miscarrying or finding their babies and others who needed to wait three or more weeks. We do know with some certainty that waiting only one week, especially if you are eight weeks or less is not enough time to be certain you have a blighted ovum.

But, doctors would never misdiagnose something as important as a miscarriage, would they?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes and we can say that with reasonable certainty because we get several cases a month on the website where a woman was misdiagnosed. In many of these cases, the misdiagnosed woman has already turned down the D&C at least once.

How often do you think a blighted ovum is misdiagnosed?

Honestly, the vast majority of diagnosed miscarriages are in fact miscarriages. We do believe, though, that a fairly large number of women who are diagnosed with a blighted ovum AND have a retroverted uterus are misdiagnosed especially if they are diagnosed at eight weeks or before.

They finally found my baby at 10 weeks but are telling me I am only 7 or 8 weeks but I know this is impossible. How can this be?

The measurements taken by transvaginal ultrasound are very accurate during the first trimester and used by physicians to date the pregnancy. However, they are subject to human error and, we believe, they are not quite as accurate if your uterus is tilted. We've had a number of women who knew exactly when they conceived but did not see their babies until 8 to 12 weeks (or even more) and, when finally found, their doctors insisted their dates were off by weeks. Even if the woman only had sex one time, they'll insist she got pregnant weeks later. We believe that with the awkward positioning during the ultrasound coupled with the tilted uterus, dates are skewed during the first trimester. And, in fact, most of these women report the dates as being accurate again at their 20 week (or second trimester ) ultrasound.

Do you have research to back this up?

The sad answer is no but we are hopeful the research will be done soon. Just because the research has never been done does not make this an impossibility. Nobody has even looked into this link (that we can find) but with the word getting out there, we think it is a matter of time before doctors are forced to reexamine how they determine a woman has a blighted ovum. In the meantime just remember, this lack of research does not mean it doesn't happen. We see at least a few misdiagnosed cases a month and in each case the woman has declined a D&C or just decided to wait it out.

What is the purpose of the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage site?

With a growing number of women waiting out their diagnoses and finding their babies later than most, we know the word is getting out there. We believe women deserve to know without a doubt whether they are indeed going to miscarry or if, instead, there is a chance they have been misdiagnosed as well.

For more on the inaccuracy of ultrasounds as well as misdiagnosed miscarriages during the first trimester, feel free to visit Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Musings

*Luise C, et al. Outcome of expectant management of spontaneous first trimester miscarriage: observational study.

British Medical Journal. April 13, 2002; 324:873-5.

** American Pregnancy Association http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplica...

*** Minelli E, et al. Cytogenetic findings in echographically defined blighted ovum abortions.

Ann Genet. 1993;36(2):107-10.

**** Oates-Whitehead, et al. Progesterone for preventing miscarriage.

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Please Remember

If you are diagnosed with a blighted ovum before nine weeks, you are being diagnosed too soon. A D&C should not be carried out until after nine weeks (unless there are complications of some sort). If you have a D&C before nine weeks, you have no way of knowing if there was actually a baby there or not (even with the BEST and NEWEST ultrasound equipment). There is no guarantee a baby will be found but, if you end the pregnancy too early, you'll never know for sure.

Important New Guidelines for Diagnosing a Miscarriage

The UK is the first to acknowledge that misdiagnosed miscarriages are indeed a problem. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has revised its guidelines. If your gestational sac is more than 25mm and/or the CRL is 7mm or more, you should wait a week to verify (if there are no complications). If the measurements are less, you are too early to diagnose. For more information (and something to take to your doctor), please, see my new page:

New Blighted Ovum Guidelines! You ARE Being Diagnosed Too Soon!

I believe every woman deserves to have no doubt before having her pregnancy ended.

I'd love to hear from you.

If I don't reply to you here, please feel free to e-mail me directly at misdiagnosedmiscarriage@gmail.com Thank you!

Comments?

Mayra on February 07, 2018:

I am about 6 1/2 weeks pregnant. They see my gestational sac but they don't see a baby, then they saw I had a hemorrhage that was causing me to mildly bleed but that has healed. The doctor told me I had a ghost pregnancy but my HCG levels just keep going higher and higher. She wants to schedule a D&C, I don't. I want to wait two more weeks and have an ultrasound and then schedule a D&C, but the stress and the fear have got me emotionally exhausted, is there still hope or am I a lost cause?

Joy on September 19, 2016:

I did a scan at 6 weeks and again at 7 weeks..5 days the gestation sac is still empty measuring 27 mm...How long should I wait?

Kay (author) on March 02, 2016:

Another ultrasound before a D&C could help put your mind at ease. (((hugs)))

E&T's Mom on February 24, 2016:

Hi lmp was 12-22-15 have an empty sac after 4 ultrasounds. Last week hcg was 64000. This week he did not do quantitative count. They said the sac is measuring 3.02 cm... D&c scheduled for to, kind of want to wait... Any hope?

Kay (author) on October 04, 2015:

It could be. Normally one week after the yolk sac is seen, a baby will be seen if the pregnancy is viable. Hope you get better news in a week.

Anaymos on October 04, 2015:

Hi I went to the obgyn and Er they both seen a yolk sac and a gestational sac they said I'm no more than 5-5 1/2 weeks is that normal

Kay (author) on May 16, 2015:

The best thing to do when a blighted ovum is suspected (if there are no complications) is to wait until the gestational sac reaches 25mm if it is still growing. There have been quite a few women, myself included, whose sacs were over 25mm before seeing our babies. Please, keep us updated.

Concern Mother on May 15, 2015:

My Daughter is 19 yrs old she already has one daughter that i love with all my heart she is 2 and half yrs old she found out she was pregnet a couple of weeks ago . they ordered an ultra sound to find out how far along she was ..they are saying she has a BP pregnetcy . she has been devastated ... As us as well . I dont want my daughter to have a D&C .I believe she should wait .. I need answers we are desperate .What should we do ?

Kay (author) on February 05, 2015:

With a yolk sac, you didn't have a blighted ovum. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous poster on February 04, 2015:

I started bleeding at 9 weeks. I went in for an ultrasound & he could only see the yolk sac. There were other white spots but it looked mostly empty. He said there was still a small chance but he didn't want me too get my hopes up. He said he would guess it was measuring only 5 weeks.

He said if I did miscarry it would be similar to a heavy period.

After a few days I had what I would describe as much closer to a labor & delivery experience than a heavy period. It was very painful (I have given birth twice) and the baby came out & was much larger than expected & definitely not just clots. I could see the shape. Then I actually had to push a little to get the placenta completely out.

The whole thing was overwhelming & not what I expected. I went in the next morning for an ultrasound to make sure it was complete. It was a different doctor. He was very surprised. He said the other doctor had a possible blighted ovum in his notes.

How can you not see much on the ultrasound & still have a baby the size & shape of a 9 1/2 week one come out?

Kay (author) on August 05, 2013:

@anonymous: At this point, your numbers are supposed to plateau and start declining. Generally, once the yolk sac is seen and if there are no complications, they'll do an ultrasound one week out to verify. For your own peace of mind, you might want to schedule that ultrasound. (((hugs)))

anonymous on August 05, 2013:

I had my dating u/s on 8/1 , based on my LMP I should be 9 w4 d . My OB was able to locate the gestational sac and yolk sac but that was it . She thought she may have located the heartbeat but was so faint and was unsure . She asked if there was anyway I could be wrong about my last period . There's not . The sac looked at 5 Wks but actually measured bigger ... She doesn't have a high tech u/s she said so she was saying much What she ordered was blood test for my HCG levels and than repeat test in 48 hrs. And than an u/s at the hospital ..she said I'm either not as far along as I thought or its not a healthy pregnancyMy initial hcg levels were at 89,433. I went back 8-3 and they were 80,963. my dr told me it wasnt healthy and i should make a decision to miscarry naturally or D&amp;C. I decided for peace of mind to do the hcg test once more 8-5 and it measured 78,000. . So we have set an appt to have the D&amp;C but now I'm freaking what if it was just her machine ?! Places I've read at my stage the test isn't a good indicator but should use an u/s ... I asked her and she said it was completely up to me but in her experience this was a BO miscarriage and it would be more emotionally difficult for me ..... I trust my dr even thou I bearly know her ... Am I just stretching ? Or is there a chance ?!

anonymous on June 26, 2013:

Hi feeling devastated and looking for a little help! According to my dates I am between 51/2-6 weeks 61/2 at the very most the ultrasound said due to size of sac i am 7weeks and 6days which that coincides with my Last period! But the ultrasound is showing no yolk sak or heart beat My HGC is 84000! But ultrasound report have said blighted ovum! Very upset and I am so confused! With such high results 84000 and my dates 51/2-61/2 weeks is it possible to be pregnant with such high results of 84000 without showing anything in scan or are they correct with there diagnoses of a blighted Ovum?? ThAnkyou for reading my question

Kay (author) on May 20, 2013:

@anonymous: I'm so glad and this is a perfect story for The Misdiagnosed Miscarriage. Even though you were not technically misdiagnosed, that nurse really worried you unnecessarily. Many women go through this. I am so glad you found that little heartbeat! Congratulations!

anonymous on May 13, 2013:

Technically I was not misdiagnosed but I was nervous. I went for my first ultrasound at 5 weeks and 6 days. They saw the sac in the uterus but nothing else. The nurse said they should have seen something by then but after consulting with my doctor it was decided to draw blood to see what were my hgc levels. They came back at 35,000 so my doctor was pleased and told me to come back for another ultrasound when I was 7 weeks. I went today for my second ultrasound and there was my baby and yolk sac. I was able to hear the heartbeat....143 seconds per minute. I just want to encourage everyone on this site. My friend saw her baby on the ultrasound at 5 weeks but I didn't. Everyone is different. Don't give up and I wish you all the best!

anonymous on January 17, 2013:

my doctor said to me that the the yolk sac is not exploded and became so large i need to know what that mean and the reason for this problem to be generated and solution of it

anonymous on December 28, 2012:

Ive been diagnosed with a blighted ovum and this is my first pregnancy. Doctor told me I was 9 weeks along and they did sonogram same day and saw no baby. Had blood levels checked twice to make sure they were doubling. Sadly they didn't double and today I had another sonogram and still no baby. For the past week I have felt different no pregnancy symptoms like i had in beginning from the sac forming. Ive taken the medicine to start the miscarriage process. Very hard but everything happens for a reason. I'm glad to finally have an answer though stay strong!

anonymous on December 26, 2012:

Thank you for all the information. I have just been told that there is a possibility that I could be going threw this now and am having my levels checked again but I still want to wait a while before considering a D/C. As being a mother of one already I just want to make sure I don't move too fast and make a mistake,

GetPregnantFAQ LM on December 21, 2012:

Sad thing to happen. :( Very very good info for women this has happened to.

WriterJanis2 on December 20, 2012:

You are giving a wealth of information to pregnant women. Bless you for what you have been through.

anonymous on December 14, 2012:

7/12HCG 1,700Ultrasound : found nothing14/12HCG : 23,000Ultrasound : Found Pregnancy SacI am so worry! Emily

anonymous on December 06, 2012:

You have a wealth of knowledge and understanding to share. I love the way you CARE about others and what they may be or have gone through. - Blessed!

Kay (author) on December 02, 2012:

@anonymous: Please, let us know what you find out. (((hugs)))

anonymous on November 29, 2012:

@anonymous: I hear what you're saying. I've been diagnosed with a blighted ovum and was going to do the D and C but my husband found this and other websites talking about miss diagnosed blighted ovums and convinced me to cancel the surgery. I have an ultrasound on Tuesday and I'm terrified to go because hearing all those stories, has made me hopeful and I know I'll have to go through the grief all over again. But that being said, I'm glad I've chosen to wait and be hopeful. I'd hate to think I unknowingly terminated a live pregnancy. I couldn't live with myself not knowing 100% that there wasn't a baby.

floppypoppygift1 on October 29, 2012:

Sometimes it's just nice to have validation for your feelings. This is a good article to provide comfort &amp; community for people suffering. Cheers~cb

Kay (author) on October 23, 2012:

@anonymous: I know and I am so sorry for your loss. Honestly, this is what kept me initially from sharing my story online. I didn't want to give false hope but finally I did share and other women started finding their babies. I realized then that this could not be swept under the rug. I try to always tell women that there is no way of knowing how the pregnancy will end (and even stated clearly here that roughly half of all miscarriages are blighted ova!) but I firmly believe now that there is no such thing as false hope. Women who give up with no hope will never know for certain whether they ended their pregnancies too soon. So many women email me so upset because they felt rushed into D&amp;Cs. That is what this is about. Thankfully you know without a doubt and now you begin the process of healing. That's not easy but if you didn't know for sure and your pregnancy was ended, I know from the many women I talk with, that is even harder. ((((hugs)))) to you and I do hope you have you are able to share the best of news soon. I just want to apologize though because I know this is so hard but, please remember, so many babies are misdiagnosed and this is an important message. God bless you and (((Hugs)))

anonymous on October 23, 2012:

I went to this site after my first diagnosis with of a blighted ovum. I then had a blood test and was told me HCG levels were rising, so I could still be pregnant.After 3 long hopeful but emotional weeks I found out my diagnosis was correct. I do have a blighted ovum and no baby.We tried to get pregnant for almost 2 years and couldn't. We went to and IVF clinic and started to look at doing IVF. Just before we started, but some miracle I became pregnant. We were so, so happy.Now we feel lost and confused - not sure why this has happened. All I want everyone who goes to this site to know is blighted ovums are also correctly diagnosed, so be careful before getting your hopes up.We mourned the loss once, got our hopes up and are now mourning the same loss again.All I am saying is be careful and trust your doctor. Yes, doctors make mistakes but they are also qualified and in most cases know what they are talking about.Be careful when looking for answers on websites.I know most are trying to help - to share a story but at this moment I wish I never googled the word blighted ovum and got my hopes up because now I'm mourning the same loss twice.I dreamt of a baby girly for weeks - rubbed my belly, felt pregnant, felt fat, sore boobs - not pregnant.

anonymous on October 23, 2012:

I went to this site after my first diagnosis with of a blighted ovum. I then had a blood test and was told me HCG levels were rising, so I could still be pregnant.After 3 long hopeful but emotional weeks I found out my diagnosis was correct. I do have a blighted ovum and no baby.We tried to get pregnant for almost 2 years and couldn't. We went to and IVF clinic and started to look at doing IVF. Just before we started, but some miracle I became pregnant. We were so, so happy.Now we feel lost and confused - not sure why this has happened. All I want everyone who goes to this site to know is blighted ovums are also correctly diagnosed, so be careful before getting your hopes up.We mourned the loss once, got our hopes up and are now mourning the same loss again.All I am saying is be careful and trust your doctor. Yes, doctors make mistakes but they are also qualified and in most cases know what they are talking about.Be careful when looking for answers on websites.I know most are trying to help - to share a story but at this moment I wish I never googled the word blighted ovum and got my hopes up because now I'm mourning the same loss twice.I dreamt of a baby girly for weeks - rubbed my belly, felt pregnant, felt fat, sore boobs - not pregnant.

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

Great information for those trying for a baby.

anonymous on September 23, 2012:

@anonymous: I am deeply sorry. I went through the same thing sept 11. I would suggest for you to let the sac pass on its own. Sometimes a d and c can cause complications.

anonymous on September 21, 2012:

This is my story, In June I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks. I never found out why everyone said that most pregnancies ended in miscarriage. So I had to have a D&amp;C done. I found out in August I was pregnant again. I started taking progesterone suppositories. My lmp was July 17 so when I had my first ultrasound done I thought I was about 6 weeks, there was nothing there. I went back a week later and the gestational sac measured at 5 wks and 4 days so I was off about 2 weeks. I had my HCG level tested it is was at 14, 734 I went back one week later the only thing they saw was the gestational sac it measured 6 wks and 4 days so it is growing. I did not get my HCG drawn that time. Dr. suggested to wait one week come back for one last ultrasound if we do not see anything we will schedule a D&amp;C. I asked the Dr. if the progesterone is keeping me from having a natural miscarriage she said it could be. I know you are not a physician, but I know you all have been through the same thing. I have been reading alot of stories some good and some bad. I just pray that the Lord will take care of us through this hard time. We have been trying to have a baby for 2 1/2 years now. I do have one son he is 9 yrs. old.

anonymous on September 20, 2012:

I went for my check up today and find out there's no baby in the sac and I'm 11weeks. My doctor want me to come back next week and have an D&amp;C what should do.

anonymous on September 14, 2012:

I just want to let those who are going through this terrible experience know that there is hope in the future. About 2 years ago, when we received the devastating news that we had a blighted ovum, i came to this page. My wife and I were crushed. I had never heard of a blighted ovum before and it was a horrible experience to go through. We didn't know how it could happen and despite all the nurses and doctors telling us how common this was and how it was the body's way of saying something wasn't quite right with that pregnancy and how it meant we could have children in the future, it was the worst experience we had ever been through. Every time we saw a baby on tv or in a movie or heard something on the radio about babies, we'd get a sick feeling in our stomach. We weren't sure if we could ever have a baby despite what the docs and nurses said. However, we kept trying and last month our baby girl was born. It took a little while to try again and then took some time to get pregnant again and after experiencing the trauma of the blight ovum, I was a nervous wreck the whole 9 months thinking something would happen, but it didn't and I had a healthy baby girl. When we had the blighted ovum 2 years ago i found this page and found some comfort in the comments, and told myself if we ever had a baby, i'd come back and let folks know that it is indeed possible. That blighted ovums happen much more than we'd ever know...and after we had ours, people all over came out of the woodwork with their similar experiences. It's just no one ever talks about them. So please...i know how horrible it is right now...but it will pass and you can DEFINITELY still have a baby. My wife and I are proof. About a year after we had one, we were pregnant again and everything went smoothly and we now have our baby girl with us. Blessings to all of you...it will get better.

anonymous on September 11, 2012:

@anonymous: I've just posted here then I read this, I also have a 33 day cycle and reading your post has given me hope that maybe when I thought I am 7 weeks am actually less far along and my little one is too small to be seen. Reading your post has given me hope. I'm so sorry for the way you were treated but so glad you didn't listen to them. Best of luck xxx

anonymous on September 11, 2012:

I had a miscarriage on the 23.07.2012. I had a d &amp; c due to extremely heavy bleeding plus 2 blood transfusions. We were devastated. After waiting one period which came 4 weeks later we were blessed to become pregnant first try. I should be 7 weeks 1 day but at my early scan today they saw only an empty sac which measured 8.4 mm meaning 5 weeks. I've been told either I fell pregnant later in my cycle or the baby stopped developing at 5 weeks. I don't know what to think, I have mood swings, very sore breasts slight nausea but now I have no idea what will happen. It's very distressing and the wait will be very hard. They said if my pregnancy symptoms get stronger that's good. I'm not sure I could cope with a second miscarriage. My thoughts are with everyone xx

anonymous on September 05, 2012:

I JUST got back from having my ultrasound and also was told I have a blighted ovum. I don't understand. I just read up on your site a bit and the office is supposed to call with a date for a D&amp;C..what do I do? I still have some pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness. So confused and so sad and ANGRY!

anonymous on August 24, 2012:

Hello,now i felt blighted ovum.next time can i get a baby?

anonymous on June 27, 2012:

Thanks for shedding some light on a very important topic. I'm sure it will help many young women see through the fog of (what often can be) very emotional issues.Myrt

anonymous on June 26, 2012:

@Cari Kay 11: This past Thursday I was happy and smiling...waiting to go in and see my baby's heartbeat at 6weeks 4days. I'm 38, this is pregnancy number 5 and one we tried for two years to achieve. My only son passed away at the age of five a little over 4 years ago. I have a 17.14 and 3 year old....all little girls. My son would be pushing 10 now. Well. I get to the room for the sono tech to do her thing and instantly I knew something was wrong just from her silence and body language. She normally smiles and chats. I could SEE an empty sac and kept asking her "is there anything there". She slapped off her gloves, told me to dress and that the doctor would be in shortly. The tears came immediately....yet my HEART didn't feel like this was "right". The doctor called this a blighted ovum, missed miscarriage and wanted to IMMEDIATELY send me over for a D&amp;C. I was horrified because I was EARLY! I asked "can we WAIT"?!? She patted my leg and told me "you can, but don't get your hopes up....in 25 years I've never been wrong". So all weekend I read up....researched. Found a little hope from the missed miscarriage site. It was a roller coaster ride. I knew my uterus wasn't tilted as I has asked the day of that scan. They NEVER did blood work for HCG or any levels. I had to drive back and request it myself the same day. They had scheduled me to come back Monday....yesterday, am I wanted a repeat test. Well all weekend I researched my diagnosis and the options to end a non viable pregnancy. I went back yesterday and the long walk down that hall felt like I was walking the "green mile". I get settled in the table and the scan begins. I INSTANTLY see a yolk sac (which had not been preset 4 days prior). I heard the sono tech mumble (I'll be damn" under her breath as I see the fetal pole come to view. At this point I'm hysterical and yelling "you nearly made me kill my baby...lShe asked me to still and turned on the volume and the room filled with the sound of a beautiful, normal heartbeat. I did some digging after that because THIS scan dated me at 6weeks 1 day (the blighted ovum diagnosis scan measured my sac at 6 weeks 4 days do by THAT I should have measured 7 weeks 1 day). In all of this it finally HIT me and I asked "did you write down the date of conception I gave you that first day". She acted as if she had no clue so frantically pulling out my iPhone. I use "Period Tracker" to keeps periods, ovulation and intimate contact recorded. I ALSO have a 33 day cycle so I ovulate LATE. WELL. By "my" dates? I was 6 weeks 2 days. I had gotten so caught up in the joy of being pregnant finally I DIDN'T REALIZE she was dating me by LMP!!! This means my first scan was barely 4+6 and my second around 5+4IT WAS TOO EARLY and they were writing up my order for a D&amp;C that day!!! I shudder to think of it. I know this doesn't always have a good outcome. I STILL have a worry that we thought was a twin, which happens to be a hematoma near my sac. I'm on prometrium once a day to strengthen my pregnancy so I'm not out of the woods. I just want woman to KNOW YOUR BODIES!!! Keep track of your periods and when you are intimate. Know if you have te "normal" 28 day cycle or a longer cycle. If your faced with this horrible diagnosis? Give it a little time if your not sure. My Goodness I get sick thinking of what that doctor tried to convince me to do....and the arrogance she displayed when I asked to "wait". How DARE I think her WRONG?!? Every woman deserves the right to feel comfortable with a decision and NO DOCTOR should pressure you. I am currently hunting a new doctor to deliver my "blighted ovum"Have faith ladies. Even if the chance is slim, there IS A CHANCE. I personally feel NO doctor should see a pregnancy until week 8 (unless bleeding or problems are present). Your body normally does its thing naturally by this time and "mostly", you can see your baby by now. I HAVE read of a few cases of babies seen after 10 weeks but those were mostly women with a titled uterus.....but as long as your not bleeding, have no fever etc then time is yours. Don't EVER allow someone to push you into something your uncomfortable with. Follow your instincts.

anonymous on June 19, 2012:

i went to the doctor yesterday and had a ultrasound. this is my 3rd pregnancy. he said all he seen was a yolk and sac. he said that by my last menstrual period i should be six weeks. but it is only showing 3 weeks. how does that happen? i know something is up. because he sent me for testing and said he wanted me to come back in two weeks. he never gave me prenatal or said congrats. he would not even give me a pic. of the ultrasound. but didnt bother to tell me his thoughts. so i google a eggs sac. and this came up. so i guess i will wait 2 weeks. but i had no idea this was even possible.......

anonymous on June 08, 2012:

Hi all, I had an ultrasound yesterday to find out that I only have a gestational sac ..im so confused and hurt..ive had 2 previous miscarriages and I really thought this time was diff..but this time there isnt even a baby..im so lost the nurse told me to just wait to miscarry..i havent had any cramps or bleeding and still feel very much pregnant my hcg level.yesterday was 50,000 which is really high I go back mon for another draw..i just dont want to believe this is it..i really hope n pray I can have a wonderful story of finding my baby in there..this waiting n not knowing are extremely hard

anonymous on May 31, 2012:

I just got back from drs. I had an ultrasound yesterday and they said i had an empty yolk sac. Today, the doctor said i must go again in 2 weeks for another ultrasound. they mentioned a blighted ovum. they explained that possibly i am pregnant but its not a viable pregnancy. they cant feel a heart beat or see a little guy inside the sac. i am so upset with the possibility of miscarrying, however everyone's posting on this site has helped me tremendously. I had a miscarriage last year and i know how traumatic that was. i prepared myself since then and have been taking great caution and care. thank you everyone for sharing your experiences. you may not realize it but they have been so very comforting to me.

anonymous on May 28, 2012:

wow! i just find it unbelievable that there are so many others just like me. however, i am on my third pregnancy and the doc suspect it to be another blighted ovum. they all had been. so i got a bit confused when i read something about blighted ovum being "generally a one time event." It just made me sad. I am due for my final check up before the "decision" will be made on the 1st of june. (decision = whether it is another blighted ovum or is baby finally developing) i am on aspirin and folic acid for a year already due to my history (of 2 blighted ova) then i got pregnant but docs suspect it to be blighted again.hoping for the best.

Kay (author) on May 10, 2012:

@anonymous: If you would like to share your story and help many other women, you can email me misdiagnosedmiscarriage@gmail.com and I'll post it for you. Each and every story gives so many women hope. Thank you for sharing here!

anonymous on May 10, 2012:

Just found this site after my best friend was diagnosed with Blighted Ovum.after 2 healthy pregnancies, during mythird pregnancy I was diagnosed with a blighted ovum as well; went for a second opinion and found my baby on ultra sound. I'm now holding my 5 month old little boy who I call my not so blighted ovum!!! My hope is that others reading this find their babies as well.

LouisaDembul on April 15, 2012:

I've been through two blighted ovums and two miscarriages. Because of this, they thought my last pregnancy was also a blighted ovum, when they couldn't find the heartbeat. Although scheduled for a D&amp;C, I begged them to wait one more week. My daughter is now four years old! It's scary to think that they could have made such a mistake.

anonymous on March 22, 2012:

Doctor said i may have blighted ovum at approx 7 weeks. I should wait until 10 before making decision?

anonymous on March 21, 2012:

@anonymous: hi Tammy;i have a son he is 4 years old and i have a heavy bleeding in the first month.they also just could be able to see an empty sac,so i remember that someone told me during the ultrasound it look like a bligten ovum.i was desperate.and when i lost all my hopes i was ready d&amp;c an student sugets to do a last transvaginal ultrasound and they finally found my baby Kevin.so good luck

anonymous on March 21, 2012:

@anonymous: i just call my doctor today i imake my appoitment for next week ,so i will let you know later how was everything.i praid for a everything be ok.thanks for your coments

anonymous on March 21, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you for sharing your story. It gives me hope. I am having the exact same issue you had. However, my doctor hasn't said one way or another that we need to look at other options. Thanks again!

anonymous on March 20, 2012:

Hi my name is tammy and im 33 yrs old i found out very early that i was pregnant (2wks. 2wks later i had a cramp and a bit of bleeding (brown blood) went to doc and he said brown blood is ok as it is old blood got meds and was told to have bedrest. All was fine until a week later wen i was bleeding again. Was admitted to hosppital and my hcg beta level was growing but not how the doctor expected. I have been to doc again today he was not happy wid the levels again did a sonar and they picked up a blighted ovum. The bleeding started again. I told doc i will not give up hope even though they cannot find a gestational sac. I will c him again on monday and until then im not sure wat to feel. Im hoping baby will appear by then or i will have to do a dnc.

anonymous on March 05, 2012:

Hi,I had a scan at what i thought was 7 weeks. They told meI was only 5 1/2 which is why they couldn't see a baby yet. So I went back 2 1/2 weeks later for a 2nd scan, almost 8 weeks. They said my sac had grown but there is no baby and I will eventually miscarry.I went to my doctors and he confirmed the same thing but would do a couple of blood test to be sure. First one was 22,000, a couple of days later it's at 20,000. I feel exactly the same body wise and no spotting/bleeding/pain etc, but my levels are going down.He feels my body is preparing for miscarriage, I spoke to him about my findings on-line and he said the chances of being misdiagnosed are so slim. But I can't help but think this has happened to so many women before.I realyl want to know more about the levels, yes they are dropping, but they are still high, and didn't drop that much. He said my levels should double every few days...Any help?x

anonymous on March 05, 2012:

@anonymous: I'm follow up to my original post from a couple months ago. We just found out at the 20 week scan that our "blighted ovum" is a ..boy! And all measurements are normal. We are expecting a very normal, very healthy baby. All this after my misdiagnosed miscarriage. So glad I said "no" to the D&amp;C.

anonymous on February 29, 2012:

i'm a mother of a 4 years old boy ,i'm married ,we was triying to gave my son a brother.but in less than one year i'm been diagnosis of two consecutives blighten ovum.the first time it happen doctor said it was completely normal ,just try again,them after 3 months i try again and same happened another blighten ovum.i doctor just said try again.now after wait 6 months i tried again and i just did pregnacy test it was positive i feel so scare to go to doctoragain.i get the same diagnosis i want to be positive but it is hard to be positive after all .i not sure if is better to wait until 8 weeks.pleasse give me your opinion.

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

@anonymous: thank you. your sharing really calms me down.

anonymous on January 02, 2012:

My blighted ovum has a due date. I was diagnosed with blighted ovum. 1st transvaginal ultrasound showed an empty sac, 2nd a week later showed another empty sac.. No fetal pole, nothing. I saw it on the screen with my own eyes.. It was just a circle of emptiness. My HCG was increasing but not as much as the doctor felt it should. He was "pessimistic" about my pregnancy and told me to come back in a week. We'd do another ultrasound and talk more about "my options" (d&amp;c). One week later I went back, my "blighted ovum" was a perfectly formed baby with a heart beat of 140bpm. S/he measured at 8 weeks, all measurements normal. I found this message board before that last appointment, and I hoped for good news myself. My pregnancy is now well into the 2nd trimester and my "blighted ovum" is due to be born early Summer.

anonymous on November 08, 2011:

Ladies Praise God for this website im 7wk by dates only 5wks by trans v u/s (gestational &amp; yolk sac seen but no real embryo/heartbeat)am 31yrs with a retroverted uterus and I am leaving it to God.

anonymous on November 08, 2011:

hi there

anonymous on October 13, 2011:

Wow, what a wonderful site. My daughter is 31 and is on her 3rd pregnancy in about 4 months. Her hcg level is 10,000k and she is onlly 4 weeks. No bleeding, no pain. Her sonogram today revealed she has an yolk sac and gestational sac, but can see no baby. They say by date she is only 4 weeks, but her sac is suggesting 6 weeks and 4 days. She is so emotionally in turmoil wondering if this one is going to be another miscarriage. I am praying for a healthy baby and pregnancy. She was also diagnosed with Lupus and has endometriosis. Between her 2nd and this pregnancy she did not have a period so it is hard for them to tell what her dates are. They said she is probably 4 weeks, but by sonogram and size of uterus 6 weeks 4 days. Is that normal for a high hcg and larger uterus. I asked her not to go for a D&amp;C based on the Dr's findings unless they find no heartbeat by sono. Any commets, suggestions??

francis_alma on September 22, 2011:

@anonymous: Today I turn eight weeks n when I was four weeks the doctor did a vaginal u/s n didn't see anything just the sac with no baby, n again today she didn't see a baby, so tomorrow I will be going to the hospital for another u/s... and am really scared, but after reading your comment it came me hope. It would be my fourth child I already have three boys and am really hoping for my girl. All my other pregnancies have been healthy. So it is hard for me to accept the fact that this could happen. I just hope and pray to God that if there is a baby there for him to let us see it.

anonymous on August 16, 2011:

@Susie926: Wow, Susie that is exactly what my Dr. said to me about my pregnancy. The only difference is I was told I am most likely going to have a miscarriage. I too am having a hard time coping with this news. I am really wanting this baby. Although this would be my 2nd child it is my fiancee's first. I am trying to stay positive but its my second nature to think the worst. Today is August 16 and since you posted your comment in July do u mind telling me how things are going now for you or how did things end up.

anonymous on July 22, 2011:

@anonymous: thank you so much for posting this! My dr told me yesterday that I had a blighted ovum and said "I'm sorry your going through this" and walked ot of the room, I fought hard to fight a reaction of shock and pain, because my spirit just said "NO"! and wait! So I have been searching for a word and what keeps comin is "God is not a man that he should lie" Num 23:19-23 and I have just been looking for hope and have decided to stand in faith for this pregnancy. Your praise report is just what I needed! thank you!

Susie926 on July 21, 2011:

Hi everyone. I found out 2 weeks ago I was pregnant for the 1st time at 39 yrs old. The Dr thinks I most likely have a blighted ovum. I usually get my period every 25th of the month but I can at times be irregular. I skipped my period in May (I knew I was not pregnant because my husband was not in the same country as I was) I did get my period on June 2nd. I flew out to see my husban on June 12 until July 2nd, during my visit I got my period on the 26th of June (i knew it was a period ,it lasted my normal 4 days + I had cramps on my left side like I always get before I get my period) On July 9th I started some heavy spotting of brown blood &amp; after 5 days I decided to call my DR &amp; she suggested a pregnancy test. I swore I was not pregnant but the blood test came back positive. My HCG level on 7/13/11 was 1159, on 7/18/11 was 2231, on 7/20/11 was 2845. My Dr does not like the way my levels are rising &amp; feels that there is a problem with the pregnancy. My Dr after the 2nd HCG reading she had me go in for a vaginal ultrasound where they found a sac which the Dr suggested I have to be about 5 weeks pregnant not the 3 weeks I thought because I got what I thought was a period on 6/26/11, but the Dr said that a sac would not be visible at 3 weeks. I know that I can not be over 5 weeks because I was only with my husband from 6/12/11 thr 7/2/11. Well the Dr said that the sac was visible but no fetus &amp; that it may just be that it's to early but due to the light brown bleeding that I still have + my slow rising HCG levels that it's most likely a blighted ovum &amp; that he will wait another 2 weeks &amp; do another vaginal ultrasound &amp; if still nothing then I should have a D &amp; C. This is very upsetting for me because I really want this baby &amp; I'm trying to keep positive but it's hard when all the odds are against me.

anonymous on July 10, 2011:

Well, I went to my ob doctor as instructed and had another ultrasound. Then it all began. We again saw no baby. :(. At this point, im freaking out and the doctor basically tells me either there is a baby in my tube or there is no baby at all and that i have a blighted ovum(empty gestational sack in the uterus that never grows a baby). The doctor sends me for another ultrasound at the hospital to rule out tubal pregnancy. We go to the hospital and have the ultrasound and no baby in the tube. All this time, my hgc(harmone gestational count) levels are rising perfectly as it were a normal pregnancy. After doing blood work and ultrasounds for 2 weeks, trying hard to have FAITH and not give up, my doctor says, okay, im gonna send you for the last ultrasound on Thursday to rule out blighted ovum. Well, overwhelmed and falling into depression( THE DEVILS TRAP), i waited for Thursday to come. On Tuesday night, my son, Braiden was playing with my iphone which has a bible app on it. Well i took it from him and the app was open and there i saw a scripture which i believe came straight from the Lord. John 10:10, The devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but I come so that you may have LIFE abundantly.At that very moment,I had an overwhelming sense of peace over me. Immediately, That scripture took a hold of me and I Knew everything was okay with my baby. I knew on Thursday, it was gonna be wonderful. The nurse from the dr. office calls me on Wednesday to let me know exactly what time the ultrasound was scheduled for and to see how i was doing. I told her then, i was doing fine and everything was gonna be fine with my baby. She then said, I hope so. Well Thursday came, it was almost time for the ultrasound and I began to feel sick( of course, the devil is still trying to win). I just started rebuking him and standing on my WORD that God had given me. Well its now time for the ultrasound and I lay on the table and close my eyes and just wait. The technician looks and looks and then turns the computer screen faster that ive ever seen one turn with this huge smile on her face and there i saw my precious ADDILYN ELIZABETH SAUCIER, who will be 2 weeks tomorrow. She has completed our family in so many ways and I thank God for her daily. SO, a point here is, Walk by faith, not by sight!!! You can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you. Just when i was ready to give up, God had a different plan. Thank you Jesus that things dont go according to a doctors plan and that you are FAR BIGGER than any doctor.

kimark421 on June 18, 2011:

You have very informative and well thought out lenses. Thank you!!

anonymous on April 25, 2011:

There is some recent research on vaginal ultrasound and the error measurements. It has some interesting implications on the 20 mm gestational sac cutoff for the definition of a blighted ovum. They suggest that at a 95% confidence interval the measurement error could be from around 16 mm to almost 25 mm, and that was on a pretty limited sample size (54 patients) and two different technicians... Personally, I wouldn't trust even a 95% confidence interval for that type of decision. It just goes to show that there is a lot of room for instrument/human error in ultrasounds that isn't conveyed to the patient.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/uog.888...

anonymous on August 23, 2010:

About a week ago I went in for a transvaginal scan. The embryonic sac an yolk sac were visible, and I was told I was about 5 weeks. The doctor left me feeling weird though because he told me that it seemed that the embryo was going to split in 2, but in the end didnt. I am now about 6.5 weeks and today I went in for another opinion to a different doctor. After performing a transabdominal scan, he told me that there was no embryo visible and that the pregnancy was anembryonic. I am destroyed by these news, and want to be sure that this is true. In the picture he gave me today, there is no yolk sac visible, but in the picture a week before, there it is. Does it just disappear like that? Should I wait longer and go in for another scan in a couple weeks? Help!

anonymous on June 23, 2010:

I was told today that I have blighted ovum twins because the Dr can't figure out a due date and I haven't had a normal period since Nov.2009 and I find out May 25th I was pregnant and went to Dr to make sure I was and she said well you feel pregnant but I can't tell she then sent me for a blood and urine test and then a week later a slip for an ultrasound and I have 3 so far she wants to send me for another one next week and I found out today the two sacs have grown a bit from last week when I was at the imagining center today and I was asked to go see my Dr right after where she asked me to terminate the pregnancy and I said no I rather have nature take its course and well it not even been a month since I found out that I'm pregnant would there still be hope for me?

anonymous on September 23, 2009:

Hi Cari, I don't know how to thank you!!!I had my first ultrasound yesterday when I believed I was 8 weeks, and turns out I was diagnosed just 5, because they could't see a thing... but I am almost sure when I got pregnant. And guess what? I have an inverted uterus, I was told many years ago.By reading your research, I got confident and I feel prepared to wait for my baby to show, for as log as necessary. Patience to all women who are in the same journey and love to help us all wait for the special moment. Thanks againClaudia

anonymous on August 05, 2009:

I just about ended my pregnancy at 6 a.m. on 8-7-09, because they found nothing in my sac and the ultrasound says that I am only 6 weeks pregnant. I had them check my hcg level and I am at 14,950 and now the doctor is scratching his head and doesn't know what to do. I believe that I am still pregnant thanks to this information that my cousin sent me. Would like any advise that anyone has to offer!!! Thank you so much!!!Love-Chelsey

anonymous on June 11, 2009:

oh god this is scary. i just had my d&amp;c yesterday. they found the sac and no baby. one doctor said he saw the yolk sac. which freaks me out so much more. the other said it was not a viable pregnancy. my husabnd thought maybe they were wrongand it would grow and i thought no she knows what she is talking about. now im freaked out i just killed my baby =/

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on March 19, 2009:

Very well done. Very informative lens.

luvmyludwig lm on March 19, 2009:

This is a great lens, alot of helpful information.

Janet2221 on March 19, 2009:

Great lens, lots of important information here. 5*'s and Blessed by a Squid Angel. :)

Louise0711 on March 19, 2009:

Very informative lens. A friend at work has just miscarried and there's little explanation as to why and it's a hearbreaking time. It's good that you are highighting this condition. *****

anonymous on January 27, 2009:

Hi I have found this web site very helpful and fowarded to family members so they can understand what I am going thought. thanks

anonymous on January 10, 2009:

Hi,This site is wonderful. I just want to ask if anyone can help me understand what i may be going through. I am about 5wks pregnant and i went for an ultrasound yesterday. The tech was looking very puzzled when she looked at the screen, then she said that she had to let the dr. look at the pic and then call my dr. Well i was told by my doctor that this is probably going to be a miscarriage because my sac was low and shaped irregular and there was slight blood where the placenta is. I ezplained to her that im not cramping or bleeding or spotting at all. She basically told me to go home and i would probably miscarry. I guess my question is, does it sound like i should have hope??

Kay (author) on December 20, 2008:

If you are only four weeks, it is much too early to diagnose a blighted ovum. when is your next ultrasound. Have them at least a week apart. You'll get a better idea of what the sac is doing. Keep us updated.

anonymous on December 20, 2008:

i found this page while doing some research on a Blighted Ovum. I just found out that i was pregant and go a ultrasound (vaginally) and im only 4 weeks at the time and my doctor diganosed me with a blight ovum beacuse of the mal formation of my aminotic sac. he gave me a 20% chance of being a normal pregnancy and a 80% chance of a misscarriage. Should i keep waiting to see if i see my baby when im close to 10 weeks or go ahead with the DNC? this is my first pregnancy please help.

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